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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 21/01/2020.

Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Job Reference: 222-LS-498

West London NHS Trust
Add Prof Scientific and Technic
Tri Borough Perinatal LP Service, Tri-Borough
£37,570 to £43,772 pa pls

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of NHS mental and physical care in the UK. We are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring and our forensic services.

We are here to care for people with mental and physical illness, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for children, adults and older people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries, care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

Our physical healthcare services include intermediate care services in Ealing as part of the Community Independence Service partnership.

Our national, specialist and forensic services include:

  • Medium secure services on the St Bernard’s Hospital site in Ealing
  • Services for people with complex and severe personality disorder at the Cassel Hospital in Richmond
  • High secure services at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire

We are a teaching Trust with a growing research portfolio, working with academic and industry partners.

Our 3400 staff are dedicated to improving lives, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and creative individual, who may be looking for a chance to enhance their skills in a specialist field:


1.0wte Band 7 Clinical / Counselling Psychologist in the Tri-Borough Perinatal Service


This is an innovative award winning service delivering new models of specialist care within WLNHST.


The position will be based in one or more of the tri-borough teams and you may be required to work flexibly/attend meetings at the other team locations in Hammersmith (Hammersmith Hospital) and Hounslow- West Middlesex University Hospital/Lakeside Mental Health Unit and Ealing (St Bernard’s Hospital).


We are looking to fill the post to support delivery of a number of key tasks:

  • Being based within our multi-disciplinary team, the successful candidate will ensure that women referred to the service have specialist psychological screening and assessments to ensure their psychological needs are identified and offered appropriate treatment
  • You will also provide specialist advice, guidance and training to the MDT and other professionals involved in providing care for this group of women.
  • You will be working closely with the perinatal consultant psychiatrist and nurses, to provide a high quality clinical service and contribute to the on-going development of the service.
  • Communicate, develop and maintain professional relationships with other agencies including maternity, health visiting, primary care, mental health colleagues and social services.

This would be an ideal opportunity for an excellent clinician who has experience at Band 7 previously to work in a new area and to gain exposure/enhance their knowledge and skills with the support of a highly specialised team which will help the post holder to develop their own specialist skills in Perinatal Mental Health.


We would support the successful candidate to develop a bespoke training programme to facilitate their development within the post.


For an informal discussion and further information please contact Dr Nic Horley (Lead Clinical Psychologist) on 07719989567 or Dr Hannah Murray (Specialist Clinical Psychologist) on 020 8354 8180.


Other background information:


The North West London Sector:

Improving Perinatal Mental Health Services is identified as a key service development area by NWL STP with a clear objective setting out a commitment to improve access to, and availability of, community perinatal mental health services across all boroughs by 2020. This commenced in 2016/17 with the implementation a sector wide community perinatal mental health pathway and an 18 month pilot Tri-Borough PMHS serving the London boroughs of Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham. After a successful evaluation, a business case was developed and the service now has recurrent funding.


The Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham Perinatal Mental Health Service:

We are an energetic, creative and welcoming service, which aims to offer and inspire excellence in community perinatal mental health care. Whilst the service is in its infancy still, a comprehensive evaluation of the pilot and RCPsych Perinatal Quality Network peer review, demonstrated a high quality service with strong partnership working and excellent feedback from women, families and partner agencies. Currently the service sees women from pre-conception up to 12 months post-partum


The teams currently each have a mix of Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Perinatal Nurse Specialists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapy and full time Team Administrators. The team operates 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

We reserve the right to close adverts prior to the closing date stated should we receive a high volume of applications. If you do not hear back from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been short-listed on this occasion.

All staff identified as at-risk and who meet the requirements of the post will be prioritised accordingly.

We offer Relocation packages for some positions (including Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses) - a relocation allowance of up to £8000 is offered for those who meet a required criteria.

Registered Nurses are required to produce their current NMC Revalidation documents/Portfolio at the assessment centre for verification, unless you are a newly qualified nurse from University.

By applying for this post you are agreeing to West London NHS Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job, you will be required to undergo a pre-employment check which can take between 4-8 weeks. After which your information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

Please ensure you include professional email addresses and contact numbers for your referees which MUST be at supervisory or managerial capacity covering the last 3 years of employment to date to avoid delay in the recruitment process. If your current/most recent organisation is an NHS trust, we will be requesting one reference from your current line manager/HR department.

West London NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults, eliminating discrimination for all groups and achieving equality of opportunity regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief and sexuality. We aim to create a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve at all levels of seniority within the Trust. We are therefore particularly interested in receiving applications from people from ethnic minority backgrounds’.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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